Mayo-Minshew-Walley What?


Helen Brewster Mayo stated that she knew the [Minshew] “family for about six years,” yet she didn’t even know Haywood by his real name – he was a “fellow” she called “Jimmie” (Mayo). Mayo was the barmaid working at Lewis’ Bar on 16 Aug 1963 and who – in response to what I believe to be a very leading questions by the investigating officers – said Haywood “appears to be queer” (Mayo). Moreover, in her statement, Mayo implies that sometimes Haywood came in the bar with his wife, at which time he is “a perfect husband” (Mayo). However, Haywood’s wife, Bonnie, told investigating officers she hadn’t “been to a bar with…[Haywood]… in a good two years” (Minshew).

Are we meant to believe that, out of all the people that had ever been in and out of Lewis’ Bar, Mayo could vividly recall Haywood’s (sorry, ‘Jimmie’s‘) behavior in front of his wife over two years prior (SR64, pg 7, par 2), when he last came in the bar with his wife? Seriously, are we meant to believe that Mayo knew Haywood and his family for six years, even though she didn’t know his real name – referring to him as ‘Jimmie’ instead?

It doesn’t seem to me that Helen Brewster Mayo knew Lonzy Haywood Minshew very well at all. However…


Oddly enough, 18 months after Haywood’s murder, Bonnie remarried to a Ras James Walley, whose mother’s maiden name was Mayo (Etta Mayo Walley). Is it just pure coincidence that the one person who dammed Haywood the most (insinuating he was “queer”) shares a surname with Bonnie’s future mother-in-law?

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